Football team claiming to be from one household issued with Covid-19 fines

Officers from Northumbria Police have issued Covid-19 fines to 12 members of a football team – after they visited a pub stating they were all from the same household in order to drink together.

Oct 21, 2020
By Tony Thompson
Chief Supt Janice Hutton

The team was out in South Tyneside on Sunday night (October 18) when a concerned staff member challenged them, only to be told by the men they were from the same household.

Unconvinced, they called police to report the breach and when officers attended the men were all subsequently issued with fines.

South Tyneside is currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning that residents cannot socialise with people from other households in any indoor setting.

Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton, from Northumbria Police, said: “This group showed a flagrant disregard for the rules which are in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Actions like this undermine the efforts being made by the majority of others in order to protect themselves, their family, friends and wider communities.

“We will continue to work closely with our communities and offer advice to people who have mistakenly broken the restrictions.

“However, as we have made clear, where individuals are choosing to ignore the measures in place, we are committed to taking enforcement action to protect our communities.”

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